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Obamacare's Year of Delayed Deadlines

Obamacare’s Year of Delay (and delay, and delay)
Obamacare's Year of Delayed Deadlines
Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Obama got a lot of attention in July 2013 for deciding, without congressional approval, to give employers an additional year to comply with the Affordable Care Act, and for announcing this month that people can keep plans that don’t meet the law’s standards for two more years. Yet the president has quietly delayed, modified, or selectively enforced elements of Obamacare more than a dozen times.

April 1, 2013
The law says small businesses can give employees a menu of health plans. Instead, the White House announces that the Obamacare marketplaces, set to open on Oct. 1, won’t be able to handle so many choices and restricts employers to offering a single plan. (One of the first signs that planning for the Obamacare rollout isn’t going smoothly.)